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Gérard Depardieu: Boycott this Tax Traitor!

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Boycott Greedy Gérard!

Gérard Depardieu, one of the best-paid French cinema actors, now lives in Belgium in the village of Néchin, near the French border.

This place, it is said, has all the charms and cultural attractions of a South Essex hamlet.

The Bourgmestre (Mayor), Daniel Senesael, openly admits the new resident is there for financial reasons.

That is, to avoid French taxes and benefit from a more favourable regime that the wealthy (and only them) enjoy in Belgium.

27% of the village’s inhabitants are ‘tax exiles’.

Earlier this year, when he was not pissing himself on planes, Depardieu,  gave his public backing to Nicolas Sarkozy.

At a public rally with the Presidential candidate at Villepinte he said,

“Since my friend Nicolas Sarkozy came to power, I only hear bad things about this man who does nothing but good,”

Libération reports, that the French left has taken a serious dislike to the man once proud of  his working class roots.

“Minister  Benoît Hamon has said that Depardieu has decided to avoid paying his due in a time of economic crisis. That is “anti-patriotic”. “

The PCF has compared him to a miser.

“It’s shameful” says Nathalie Arthaud, of Lutte Ouvrière. “It doesn’t surprise me, when somebody gets millions every year to get tired of paying tax. Meanwhile workers, those on the minimum wage, the unemployed, they have to.” She called for a crack down on tax evasion.

On France-Inter this morning there were strong suggestions that the French state will not take Depardieu’s efforts to avoid giving something back for the money he makes from the country lightly.

They will be watching his every move for ways to get him to pay up.

Meanwhile we support this: Boycott every film Gérard makes!

What of Depardieu’s future?

We imagine him, in his Néchin Mansion.

Dressed in a giant nappy, barely able to contain his girth,  he is  watching DVDs of his past triumphs.

Gérard is eating his tenth Horse steak and washing it down with a pail of wine from his Château de Tigné.

Next to him is  a bucket of chips swimming in mayonnaise.

Sometimes he breaks into lonely sobs.


Written by Andrew Coates

December 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm

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  1. A policy that drives wealthy people away is a bad policy, with Gerard or without. Workers on minimal wage will not produce more if their wage is raised. More families on more benefits will not save the economy.

    It is the left wing politicians who need to be boycotted. But, alas that’s not possible for there are too many families on benefits who vote them in.

    Leave the poor rich actor alone. There’s Bono, who’s a much more evasive tax cheat )


    December 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm

  2. One can spout this sort of bile about any tax exile who is sick of contributing to the exchequer of a high-spending welfare state with its legions of feather-bedded bureaucrats.

    Ought he to be living in a squat in Ipswich?

    Bingo Little

    December 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm

  3. Given the fact that Gerard has been paid for many of his acting roles in a film industry that benefits massively from the French Govt policy of supporting French culture- tax breaks, distribution support, grants for shooting in French locations, plus top up support from Departments and Regions that also pay to have French films made in their areas, not to say the Canal Plus grants- its a little rich that this product of the French state should now take to eating himself to death in Belgium- mind you they do say that Belgian chefs deliver what French chefs promise. Bon App Gerard – may your heart give out before your liver fails.

    Pete Shield

    December 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm

  4. I take the device, “Liberté, égalité, fraternité ou la mort!” to heart.

    I have seen more Gérard Depardieu films than I care to admit – notably perhaps in Germinal where he played Toussaint Maheu who gets killed by the soldiers who come to defend the mine bosses.

    In this way I too have contributed towards the incontinent blubber guts’ fortune.

    Andrew Coates

    December 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm

  5. I would imagine the first two comments come from people who, like myself, run their own businesses and are sick of contributing to a bloated state apparatus both here and in various European cities. If it’s not illegal make it so or stop whinging.

    Talking of spongers and parasites I wasn’t surprised to see a full page article in the Guardian by that well know diverter of public funds Lord Herman Ousley. He is currently chair of Kick It Out the anti racist football charity for which I understand he trousers a considerable sum for not much effort.

    He was for many years Chair of the late and totally unlamented Commission for Racial Equality until he stepped down for reasons which are well known but never discussed. A now never heard of event called The Second Global Diversity Conference that managed to disappear a million pounds of public money was organised, or not as it turned out, by Ousley and the deal was resign from the CRE and it will all be covered up.

    Unfortunately for Herman there are those of us who have long memories. Ousely is simply one of a long line of spongers who have never done a days work in their lives who should be held to account and not the likes of Depardiue.


    December 12, 2012 at 6:16 am

  6. I certainly would make this kind of tax evasion illegal.

    But I don’t run the government or the French one – just in case you lot have not noticed.

    So why on earth should I defend the laws they make?

    Meanwhile in the vale of tears we inhabit,

    “French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has described the decision of film star Gerard Depardieu to move to Belgium to avoid higher taxes as “shabby”. ( “assez minable’ – a pretty strong evrsion of shabby, was his expression).

    “Speaking on the France 2 TV channel, Mr Ayrault said: “I find this quite shabby… All that just to avoid paying tax.”

    Depardieu was a “great star” whom “everyone loves as an artiste”, he added.

    However, according to the prime minister: “Paying a tax is an act of solidarity, a patriotic act.”

    The report adds, “It appears Depardieu’s new home is an old customs officer’s house, showing just how close it is to the border, it is.”


    In further development the well known topper has presented his excuses and wish for a postponemenet of the trial (no doubt because of an urgent appointment with histax lawyers) at the following legal case – the result of drunk driving – due to be held on Thursday,

    ” Gérard Depardieu a demandé le report de sa comparution devant la justice pour conduite en état d’ivresse prévue jeudi lors d’une procédure de “plaider-coupable”, a-t-on appris mercredi de source judiciaire.

    Gérard Depardieu a demandé le report de sa comparution devant la justice pour conduite en état d’ivresse prévue jeudi lors d’une procédure de “plaider-coupable”, a-t-on appris mercredi de source judiciaire.

    Sa présence étant requise pour discuter de la peine proposée par le parquet dans le cadre de la comparution sur reconnaissance préalable de culpabilité (CRPC), ce report semble acquis.

    Le comédien de 63 ans a demandé ce renvoi car il est dans l’impossibilité d’être présent au palais de justice de Paris ce jeudi, selon cette source.”


    Andrew Coates

    December 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

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